Summer reading

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
It’s summer! Time for flip flops, sunshine, Rosé, and summer reading lists! I love getting caught up in a good book on the patio, or on a long summer road trip. I would happily welcome your suggestions to get my summer reading list going – here’s what I’ve been reading lately, too.

The Real Thing: Lessons on Love and Lifefrom a Wedding Reporter’s Notebook by Ellen McCarthy

Remember the wedding reporter in 21 Dresses? Yeah, people really have this job in real life. And lucky for us, they eventually write a book about their experiences. Ellen McCarthy was named The Washington Post’s wedding reporter on the same day that her boyfriend of many years broke up for her. Rough, right? Through hundreds and hundreds of weddings, Ellen describes what she’s learned about marriage, love, and ‘the real thing.’ It’s funny, heartfelt, sad, and oh so true. One of the chapters entitled, “You’re going to be miserable” made me laugh so hard, because yes, marriage is not always a honeymoon. This book reminds us of what marriage is really about – it’s about the lives that go beyond the wedding day. Whether you’re single, a newlywed, or married for 50 years, this book is worth picking up.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

If you’re cool, trendy, and not adamant about checking out books from the library, this book is SO LAST YEAR. I know. But I have this thing about paying $20 for a book at Barnes and Noble, when I can support my local library and get it for free. Thus, I just recently was able to find an available copy at my library. It was so worth the wait though! Reviews described this book as a Hitchcock-like thriller, so I knew I’d be hooked. I read this on our vacation to Sanibel and just became completely sucked in by this one. It’s definitely dark, and a bit graphic, but it’s a page turner that will keep you up reading all night. I can’t wait to see the movie in October.

Nobody’s Cuter than You by Melanie Shankle

Now that I’ve finished Melanie Shankle’s third book, all I can think is, “She needs to write another book!” Reading one of Melanie’s books is like going out for margaritas with your best friend. She’s hilarious, honest, no frills, heartfelt, and very conversational. Nobody’s Cuter than You is about friendship, particularly with her best friend Gulley. While my favorite of Melanie’s is definitely The Antelope in the Living Room, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. If you want a quick read that will make you literally LOL, check out any of Melanie’s books this summer.

Just this week I picked up Arianna Huffington’s new book The Sleep Revolution, and I’m finding it fascinating so far. I also sadly realize I really need to get to bed earlier. I also checked out TheFlower Chef by Carly Cylinder, which I’m excited about.  What are you reading? What do I need to add to my list this summer?

Happy summer reading everyone!
7 comments on "Summer reading"
  1. My standard recommendation have been Great Kitchens of the Midwest: A Novel and Station Eleven (your mom has my copy!). Both so different and so good.

    1. Yes! I've heard great things about Great Kitchens! Adding to my list.

  2. I bet you heard Arianna interviewed on Happier with Gretchen Rubin. It makes you think nearly everyone needs more sleep.

  3. I'm reading the new Sittenfeld "Eligible," "The Readers of Broken Wheel Reccomend," the new one about Kate, Camilla and the Queen (The Crown, maybe?), and anything else awesome I can get my hands on. You should start coming to book club! Or our movie outing to Me Before You next week!

    1. I know- I do need to start coming! I know I'd love it!

  4. Hi Sasha, I'm reading The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George the setting is charming descriptions of Paris streets. I'll pass on to you!


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